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What happened to the PISA 2000 participants five years later?

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  • Kathrin Bertschy

    (University of Berne)

  • Alejandra Cattaneo

    () (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

  • Stefan C. Wolter

    () (Institute of Economics, University of Berne)

Abstract

The transition from school-to-work has been a burning issue in most countries for the last decades. So far research on this topic has not been conclusive, and it is still not clear whether transition problems are just individual, linked to the type of education followed at uppersecondary level, or just a prolongation of problems arising from poor school performance during compulsory education. This paper uses a unique Swiss longitudinal data-set, which includes information on PISA 2000 scores and the pathways chosen after completing compulsory school. Descriptive results show that students in vocational training, who obtained lower PISA results, are significantly more likely to be in an inadequate employment situation two years after finishing vocational training. Further analysis shows, however, that it is the type of vocational training followed at upper-secondary level that is decisive for the success in the transition. Nevertheless, individual PISA scores have an indirect impact on the transition results, as they are an important factor explaining which pupils are more likely to get into an intellectually demanding vocational training and which ones are not.

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  • Kathrin Bertschy & Alejandra Cattaneo & Stefan C. Wolter, 2008. "What happened to the PISA 2000 participants five years later?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0013, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
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    1. Lopez-Mayan, Cristina & Nicodemo, Catia, 2012. "Vocational High School or Vocational College? Comparing the Transitions from School to Work," IZA Discussion Papers 6309, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    PISA; Transition; Vocational training;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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